As per vedas getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered
devil/daemon (दानव) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous
You have perfectly stated the correct thing. Shri Krishna indeed married Rukmani in a rākṣasa style:
bhagavān bhīṣmaka-sutāṁ rukmiṇīṁ rucirānanām
rākṣasena vidhānena upayema [SB - 10.52.18]
Western lexicons refer to all faiths of the world by the term "religion". Therefore, from a Western perspective, Hinduism is also known as one of the world's "religions". The reference to Hinduism as a religion is purely from a Western context. Thus, nothing is taken away when perceiving from that viewpoint.
However, to equate religion as an equivalent ...
Dharma, in spiritual context, can be loosely stated as right action. And what is the right course of action for a person depends upon many factors like time, place, situation, etc. Hence, dharma is subjective and varies from person to person. So the Gita states:
sreyan sva-dharmo vigunah para-dharmat svanusthitat
sva-dharme nidhanam sreyah para-dharmo ...
First of all, a question arises:
How or why is the name or concept of Leela relevant in Hinduism?
It's because Brahman is defined as fully omniscient and omnipotent by many Vedic verses. Brahman is defined as being beyond mind and hence to be understood by Neti Neti or Not-this Not-this. So for this powerful and omniscient Brahman there cannot be any ...
No, the four legs of the bull of Dharma do not represent percentages of righteousness in society (although it is true that the number of righteous people decline as the Yugas progress). Rather, the legs represent different virtuous qualities any individual can have. Here is what Arjuna's grandson Parikshit says in the Srimad Bhagavatam, upon seeing the ...
No, the Dharma Shastras explicitly forbid Hindus from marrying foreigners, otherwise known as Mlecchas.
Here are some verses from the Atri Smriti that prohibit interracial marriages:
The purification for knowing [having sex with] a Mleccha woman consists in a Santapanam penance, or it is said, one may attain to
purification by performing a ...
In Santana Dharma, the "right way of living" is preached in many scriptures. Actually the Sanskrit word "Dharma" itself stands for similar meaning.
Ethics (Ethical code or Code Of Conduct) are taught in various ways in Hindu Scriptures like as Divine Commandments in Vedas-Upanishad, Bhagavad Gita. In terms of Yama (यम) & Niyama (नियम) in Smriti ...
Morality comes from scripture. For starters, here is what Adi Shankaracharya says in this section of his Brahma Sutra Bhashya, which is actually about the subject of animal sacrifice:
[The reasoning criticizing animal sacrifice] is not valid, because our knowledge of what is duty and the contrary of duty depends entirely on scripture. The knowledge of ...
I believe, organ donation is not a bad practice. Its a religion of Humanity where we can help someone even after your death. Its one way you can help someone after your death. As per my knowledge every religion encourage or support blood donation and its similar to organ donation after your death.
Interestingly, reports about the use of body parts to ...
UTTARA KANDA is a PRAKSHIPTA - an insertion made at a later date. As the episode of banishment of Sita finds place in this Kanda, it has to be rejected.
In view of the following contradictions in the UTTARA KANDA, I think the entire Uttara Kanda is a PRAKSHIPTA, an insertion made at a latter date.
The story of Srimad Ramayana ends with Sri Rama's ...
No. A married woman is not allowed to remove mangal sutra for the sake of convenience.
As you have said in the question, we see many people who do not wear mangal sutra to offices and to some social gatherings. But it is not allowed to remove it by her own will. This also applies to men who are not wearing Yagnopaveetha(sacred thread). It is not an ordinary ...
Ramanujacharya did not abandon his Guru Yadava Prakasha. Yadava Prakasha himself ordered to leave the school. So, he was following the command of his teacher.
Let's see what happened.
Hearing that his maternal cousin Govinda (who was known later as Embar) was studying at Yadava Prakasha, he joined there too. In the course of the studies, there was a ...
By seeing an alternate translation of that verse, i.e. Rig Veda 10.18.8, it says the opposite of Sati.
Rise, woman, (and go) to the world of living beings: come, this man near whom you sleep is lifeless: you have enjoyed this state of being the wife of your husband, the suitor who took you by the band.
Also, there is commentary from Saynacharya ...
The question seems simple, but it's a bit broad because there are hundreds of sins mentioned in our scriptures. There are so many kinds of sins mentioned in our scriptures that categorizing them would be difficult. Generally, a sin is committed when the prescribed laws of the sages are violated either by mind, body or speech:
varṇāśramaviruddhaṃ ca karma ...
First lying is adharma; although you may not be hurting someone else, you are hurting yourself.
One should always tell the truth, but one should never tell a harsh truth. A harsh truth is a truth that is hurtful or cause offense in some way or perhaps feeds your own ego (this is really being hurtful to your own self).
This does not mean you should lie. ...
Yes, this shloka is present in Mahabharata.
1) Adi Parva of Mahabharata:
Sauti Muni talking about Rishi Sahasrapat tells Rishi Ruru about the characteristics of a brahamana.
अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मः सर्वप्राणभृतां समृतः
तस्मात पराणभृतः सर्वान न हिंस्याथ बराह्मणः कव चित
Verily the highest virtue of man is sparing the life of others. Therefore a Brahmana ...
The Vedas, in particular, do not have a limited (narrow) vision of patriotism. The Vedas clearly say that we all are the children of Mother Earth. Hence, we should love the whole earth as our motherland and not just our own country.
MAta Bhumih Putro Aham PrithivyAha .
The earth is my mother, I her son.
Atharva Veda Samhita, Kanda ...
Almost all cultures & civilizations have warned against harsh speeches. Even the sarcasm or the criticism also mustn't be cruel in nature. Better to withdraw them. During SabhA Parva, when Draupadi was won, following conversation takes place:
Duryodhana said,--'Come, Kshatta, bring hither Draupadi the dear and loved wife of the Pandavas. Let her sweep ...
According to Sanskrit Dictionary,
आर्ष relating or belonging to or derived from ṛṣi-s (id est the poets of the Vedic and other old hymns) , archaistic  etc.
आर्ष the speech of a ṛṣi-, the holy text, the veda-s 
आर्ष the derivation (of a poem) from a ṛṣi- author.
 Literary Source: mahābhārata
 Literary Source: rāmāyaṇa
This chapter of the Manu Smriti explains the circumstances in which you should and should not give to someone:
One should give, according to one's ability, wealth to Brahmanas learned in the Veda and living alone; (thus) one obtains after death heavenly bliss.... Accepting presents from blamed men, trading, serving Sudras, and speaking a falsehood, make (...
Why-didnt-lord-ram-try-to-prove-mother-sitas-purity-but-rather-chose-to-exile her? was Adharma ?
The exact answer why shree Rama sent Sita on exile in the forest and not again took her Agni Pariksha is given in Padma Purana – Volume 5- PATALAKHANDA - Chapter No. 57 -The Washerman's Former Birth . Page no. 1879 –Motilal _Banasirdass version. The whole ...
Lord Krishna did not forcefully kidnap Rukmani. It was a planned affair with the consent of the girl eloped. Thus, the word kidnap itself may not appropriately describe the event.
It is true that the Vedas say that marrying a girl against her wishes isn't righteous.
In case of Rukmani and Krishna, Rukmani had pleaded Krishna with a letter of pleasing ...
Before looking in Gita we need to analyze the word "dharma" from a dictionary. Sanskrit has only about 2000 important verbal roots, from which the meaning of most other words can be derived. "dhar" means "to hold", "to uphold". The esoteric meaning of "dharma" is "something that provides stability", "the natural position". The common ...
What is dharma and adharma is determined by scripture. Krishna says in the Gita (XVI. 23-24):
He who discards the injunctions of the scriptures and acts upon impulse of desire attains neither perfection nor happiness nor the Supreme Goal.
Therefore let the scriptures be your authority in determining what ought to be done and what ought not to be done....
Dharma is one of those Sanskrit words that defy all attempts at an exact rendering in English or any other tongue.
In the hymns of the Rig-Veda ( ऋग्वेद) the word Dharma seems to be used either as adjective or a noun (In the form "DHARMAN" (धर्मान्) generally NATURE of things and comes at least 56 times.
It is very difficult to say what the exact meaning ...
Before turning into a Sannyasin, there is a greater possibility that Swamiji might have taken the fish at least as it is a chief diet in Bengal.
After becoming a Sannyasin; when Swamiji was in America, some orthodox Hindus accused him of taking forbidden diet. Here is an excerpt:
To the accusation from some orthodox Hindus that the Swami was eating ...
Vidura discusses the importance of controlling one's speech
To control speech, O king, is said to be most difficult. It is not
easy to hold a long conversation uttering words full of meaning and
delightful to hearers. Well-spoken speech is productive of many
beneficial results; and ill-spoken speech, O king, is the cause of
evils. A forest pierced ...
Although you have already selected an answer i am adding another one.
The reasons are two:
All your questions are answered in Manu Smriti itself and
The punishment for verbal abuse is also explicitly given in it which is missing from the selected answer.
Hindu Shastras describe 3 kinds of sins:
those done by mind(thought)
those done by speech and ...
Is it Adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and whom we are giving.
We find exact answers to the above questions in our Purana’s also.. Puranic literature discusses about different kind of charitable gifts , who is eligible to provide charitable gifts their merits and demerits etc. .in very detail. For example Form Skanda Purana we ...
It is described in Rigveda Mandala 10, Sukta 34. You can read HYMN XXXIV. Dice, Etc.
Quoting couple of verses that show the adverse effects of gambling and advice not to gamble.
जाया तप्यते कितवस्य हीना माता पुत्रस्य चरतः क्व स्वित्।
ऋणावा बिभ्यद्धनमिच्छमानोऽन्येषामस्तमुप नक्तमेति॥ १०.०३४.१०
10 The gambler's wife is left forlorn and wretched: the ...